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Abandoned home burns to ground in north Forsyth
Officials currently unsure how fire started
Forsyth County firefighter
A Forsyth County firefighter battles a blaze at an abandoned northwest Forsyth home early Friday morning. -Photo by Ben Hendren for the Forsyth County News - photo by For the FCN

Forsyth County Fire officials are investigating the cause of a blaze that leveled an abandoned northwest Forsyth home to the ground early Friday morning.

Shivers said officials do not believe anyone was hurt or died in the incident.

According to Division Chief Jason Shivers of the Forsyth County Fire Department, the fire at the abandoned home off Hightower Circle near Hwy. 369 was spotted by a neighbor who “saw a glow through the woods” and called 911.

Shivers said the property was known to have been long abandoned, had no power connected and was fully involved by the time engines arrived at 5 a.m. Friday.

“As of this time, we just don’t really have any good ideas of what occurred,” he said, 

Investigators are currently looking for the origin of the blaze and combing the wreckage of the home for any sign that someone may have been in the house illegally. 

Shivers noted that commuters may have experienced rerouting on Hwy. 369 this morning, when a small section was closed down for about two hours to allow engines hose access to a fire hydrant near Hightower Circle.